Jackson Galaxy, the now famous cat behaviorist from Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” tv show, always talks about the catification of your home. In his words, it means “creating feline-friendly environments that cater to a cat’s natural instincts to climb, perch, rest, play, and own their space.”
I recently came across an awesome example right here in Cambridge. Leif and Darwin’s mom built this very cool outdoor cat run for the boys. By slipping through a cat door out the window, they can walk down the side of the house to the patio. From there they can extend over to a large play cage, including a sweet hammock and some benches where they can rest under the trees — getting close, but not too close, to the birds.
Leif and Darwin are nearly 10 years old, but if you were around them, you’d think they were much younger. They are frisky as kittens, leaping for Da Bird, jumping on huge swaths of packing paper, taking walks on the cat run. I do believe that their home, being an active, engaging environment, is keeping them healthy and fresh.
OK, so theirs is an extreme example of catification, yet I hope you find it inspirational. Explore Jackson’s website for other ideas.